The classic strategy game Risk has come to the iOS, courtesy of game publishing powerhouse Electronic Arts. Fight computer opponents or real players in this $2.99 app, available through iTunes. You’ll need all your wits and tactical skills to conquer the world, with the three difficulty levels, retina graphics and AI/multiplayer components.
Remember playing Risk for ages with your siblings and friends? Remember how incredibly long it seemed to take for just one person to conquer the world? Fear not, for Risk on the iOS has streamlined the game process into a work of art. Turns, with their Reinforcements, Drafts and Attacks flow quickly and easily. When playing against the computer, turns go by even faster, with the AI whipping through its motions. The need “Total War” functions also quickly resolves lengthy dice roll battles down to just one click. I really enjoyed this sped-up version of Risk as it keeps the fun elements while helping cut down on the insane time requirements to play a full game.
One complaint I’ve read a lot about is unbalanced AI. From some reports, the enemy computers appear to have an odd advantage, even when the dice numbers are stacked against them. The latest update to Risk seems to have been the source of this problem, according to multiple complaints on iTunes. However, I didn’t notice such problems when playing the game. It felt fairly balanced and while the dice aren’t always on your side, it didn’t feel rigged against me. Of course, if the computer proves too difficult, the multiplayer modes are a good option. Risk features two such game modes, with Hot Seat/Pass-back-and-forth play or Local play using Bluetooth. The first allows up to 4 players, the latter up to 6. I really liked the inclusion of this in the game as Risk for me has always been a social multiplayer game.
Graphically, Risk is very impressive. The classic game of Risk, with its Napoleon-style cannons, horsemen and infantry has been done away with. Instead, EA’s iOS Risk feature a relatively modern theme. Avatar characters representing your army wield machine guns and combat shotguns. The world map resembles something out of the movie Wargames, with excellent LED-style lighting and animations. I felt the overall layout and visual effects were well done and didn’t detract at all from the game.
Overall, Electronic Art has done a fairly solid job with Risk for the iOS. I enjoyed the streamline gameplay, liked the impressive retina graphics and had a blast with the multiplayer options. At $2.99, Risk is a solid deal, when compared to the pricier tabletop version, yet it still retains the fun factor found in the original game.